Ryan Shazier
Ryan Shazier
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Pittsburgh Steelers
PUP-R
Injury Spine
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ryan Shazier in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a four-year, $9.51 million contract with the Steelers in June of 2014. Steelers exercised $8.72 million option for 2018 in April of 2017.
Placed on reserve/PUP list
LBPittsburgh Steelers
Spine
May 2, 2018
Shazier (spine) was officially placed on the Steelers' reserve/PUP list , Teresa Varley of Pittsburgh's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced months ago that Shazier wouldn't play during the 2018 season, so this is merely confirmation of that previous report. Shazier will continue to go through his rehabilitation after a severe spinal injury cut his 2017 campaign short. He seemingly hopes to eventually return to the field, though it's unclear if he'll ever receive medical clearance to do so.
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Depth Chart Status
Ryan Shazier is not listed on the Pittsburgh Steelers depth Chart.
Snap Counts
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
771
87
2017
672
36
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other LBs)

Height:   6' 1"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   230 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.35 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.21 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.91 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   32.38 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.00 in
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Vertical Jump:   42 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   130 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   25 reps
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Pittsburgh Steelers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
Perhaps the most athletic defender in the NFL, Shazier brings sub-4.4 speed on a 230-pound frame, but durability issues undermined him for the third year in a row in 2016, limiting him to 771 snaps in 13 games. In last year's case it was a knee injury that caused the missed time, and prior to that he missed time with ankle, shoulder and other knee troubles. If he could just stay healthy, he would have top-tier LB1 upside. Seven sacks in his last 25 games show Shazier is a dangerous blitzer, and four interceptions over that same span say more turnovers should be on the way.
Shazier is the greatest injury risk on the list so far, but his upside is the sort that can swing championships in IDP leagues. It's likely true that Shazier is both the most athletic starting linebacker in the NFL as well as the one with the greatest combined upside for tackle and sack production. Limited to 667 snaps by a knee injury, Shazier finished 2015 with 87 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception. If you project those numbers over 1,100 snaps – a reasonable projection if Shazier plays 16 games – you'd get 143 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He has missed 11 games in two NFL seasons.
The Steelers had high expectations for Shazier when they selected him 15th overall last year, but nagging injuries wrecked his rookie season. An ankle sprain and a sprained MCL limited him to 258 snaps in nine games, and his stats were predictably disappointing. Still, Shazier is the most athletic linebacker in the league, possessing sub-4.4 speed and excellent blitzing skills. The Steelers wouldn't have picked Shazier so high if they didn't plan to make him a three-down player, so it's likely just a matter of time before he explodes.
Although Shazier is only a rookie, there are many reasons to think he'll make a big IDP impact in his first season in Pittsburgh. First, the Steelers didn't take him 15th overall to bring him along slowly – Shazier should play almost all of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps in 2014. Second, he has a remarkable combination of size and athleticism, boasting 4.4 speed at 6-1, 237-pounds. Third, he was incredibly productive at Ohio State, registering 258 tackles (40.5 for a loss), 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles in his final 26 games with the Buckeyes. The Steelers like to blitz their inside middle linebackers, and Shazier looks like one of the best. He might put up Daryl Washington-like numbers early on in his career.
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Ruled out for 2018 season
LBPittsburgh Steelers
Spine
February 28, 2018
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced Wednesday that Shazier (spine) won't play during the 2018 season, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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Vows to continue playing
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Spine
February 22, 2018
Shazier (spine) said Tuesday in a guest appearance on teammate Roosevelt Nix's podcast that he's been rehabbing five days a week and plans to resume his football career, Joe Rutter of TribLive.com reports.
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Working out daily
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Spine
February 17, 2018
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday that Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 14, has been working out at the team's facility on a daily basis, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "He does some physical workouts in the morning and he either sits in with the coaches or he sits in with [the front office]. He's learning some personnel stuff, just to keep him involved with us, then he goes and does his rehab at a rehab facility."
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Making progress in recovery
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February 5, 2018
Though Shazier is making progresses in his rehab from spinal stabilization surgery, reports that he has been walking on his own have since been clarified, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.
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Regains movement in legs
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February 4, 2018
Shazier has regained movement in his legs since being discharged from the hospital Thursday and is engaging in a regular walking routine, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. "He's making incredible progress," a source familiar with Shazier's recovery told Schefter.
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